Kabardino-Balkaria: police clashes with local residents

Kabardino-Balkaria: police clashes with local residents

The reason for the local population’s rebellion was the refusal to let a horse procession dedicated to the 310th anniversary of the Kanjali battle pass.

In the village of Kendelen, the Elbrus District of Kabardino-Balkaria, clashes of local residents with law enforcers have been continuing for 24 hours. Skirmishes began yesterday, September 18, and continued the next day, the ICR’ Investigative Directorate for the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic reported.

The reason for the local population’s rebellion was the refusal to let a horse procession dedicated to the 310th anniversary of the Kanjali battle pass, since the village believes that this battle has never happened. The locals suggested the horsemen to go round the village, but the latter did not agree. In order to prevent the clashes between them, the law enforcement officers, including the soldiers of the National Guard, arrived at the scene. Publication Kavkazsky Uzel specifies that members of the government and employees of the Republic’s Administration came to Kendelen.

The investigators point out that during the skirmishes, the local residents refused to comply with the demands of the police and Rosgvardia and used physical violence against them, trying to provoke a clash between the parties. In addition, according to the ICR, they posted unreliable information about what was happening on social networks and called to the incitement of hatred and enmity.

In a conversation with Kavkazsky Uzel, Tamara Gerieva, the secretary of the Council of Elders of the Balkar people, noted that after the arrival of the Rosgvardia soldiers, the participants of the equestrian procession “hoisted the flags and ceased shouting.” According to her, a lot of people were detained. The law enforcers blocked the whole village in order to prevent conflict.

On Wednesday, September 19, the skirmishes continued. The procession participants and their supporters tried to break through the police barriers, against which the security forces used tear gas. The press service of the ICR for Kabardino-Balkaria assured RBC that at present there is no escalation of the conflict, and “the units of the National Guard and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are at the scene.”

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